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The TAMWORTH Regional Council (TRC) remains confident that the performing arts and culture precinct will start up this year as it prepares to apply for funding ahead of the next state budget. The project was put on hold recently according to TRC entertainment venues manager Peter Ross, who said COVID and local government elections had gotten in the way. “He only stood still for a little while as we went through the municipal elections,” he said. “But during this time we have had discussions and updated both Barnaby [Joyce, Member for New England] and Kevin [Anderson, Tamworth MP] and work internally on possible funding strategies. “So even though the municipal elections and COVID have interrupted us a bit, we have moved behind the scenes to get things done.” He said the original cost of the project, which was expected to be around $128 million, will have increased slightly due to the rising cost of construction and materials, but the exact amount will not be determined until a lead architect will not be hired. Finding someone for the role would have been the ‘next step’ in February 2021, but Mr Ross said that would happen shortly after advisers took part in a workshop on the project, which is due to take place in March . Construction was originally scheduled to begin in October 2022, though that will depend on securing funding in the next state budget. Mr Ross said the council were confident they would be able to apply for funding in time for this to happen. ALSO READ: “The number that’s out there is a pretty close number, $128 million, it’s a huge, game-changing project and when you break that number down, it’s understanding a lot and affecting a lot of the community in terms of usage and the benefits go away,” he said. “The tricky thing with a project of this size is that a lot of the pots of money that exist out there can only reach $10 million each.” as well as the feds, to consider it the next step.” He said having it registered as a major or state-significant project would help greatly, and he would like to see at least some dedication of government money that Mr Anderson had previously said he was looking forward to fighting. for the project, but that he couldn’t get funding until the council got its “ducks in a row”. Time is also running out for the project, with the Capitol Theater lease, which is expected to be a key part of the precinct, ending in November 2023. Our reporters are working hard to bring local, up-to-date information to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content: